Friday, January 09, 2009

Tips For Triumphant Living -- Forgive Others

There’s a lot we can learn from children. We just have to pay attention.

A few weeks ago, two of my grandsons provided me with a delightful picture of forgiveness. The two cousins, both six years old, are buddies. They don’t live in the same state, but when they get together it’s like they’ve never been apart. It’s always instant bonding. For as long as they have, they play at full tilt.

Over the holidays they were blessed with almost two weeks of fun. It was inevitable that their joy would be interrupted by some sort of conflict. I don’t know what happened, exactly, but one of them did or said something that hurt the other and soon they were at war, both angry and hurt.

Eventually they each sought out a sounding board. Ezra went to his mother, and Gabe came to me. Interestingly my daughter and I gave basically the same advice, that they should work it out between themselves. Not long afterward I saw the two together. They were smiling and shaking hands, their eyes full of laughter, love and forgiveness. After the handshake they walked off together, side-by-side, arms draped around each other’s shoulders. All was forgiven and forgotten. They had more important things to do than fight.

If only us adults could move on so easily. Instead, we tend to hang onto our hurts, nurturing them and wondering if it’s possible to forgive an offense. The world would be a better place if we were more like children. Doesn’t God say we ought have childlike faith? Why not childlike forgiveness as well?

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

To love and to forgive, that’s the better way. Instead of allowing our wounds to fester and corrupt our spirits lets shake hands, throw our arms around each other and get on with things.

Grace and peace to you from God.


No comments:

Post a Comment